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Date Joined Apr 2007
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   Posted 4/9/2007 7:42 AM (GMT -7)   
Just commenced my first Byetta 5 pen on Saturday morning (two days ago). Also take Metformin 850 x2/day. Was taking the Glipzide timed release but Doc told me to drop it until we see how I react to the Byetta. She said I could try adding it back if my numbers weren't low enough but watch out for low blood sugar.

Have historically had A1c numberes in the 6.6-6.8 range. Doc would like me to get below 6.5, I'd like to get even lower than that if I could.

My morning readings are usually high - 150-180 which I don't like. I've tried protein snacks just before bed - cheddar - and sometimes they seem to help but more often not.

So far (two mornings) my morning reading has been 160 and 172 so Byetta hasn't seemed to knock them down so far. It has worked well on my 2 hr post breakfast and dinner numbers - they're down between 100 and 115.

The 5mm ultra-fine needles are a charm - can't even feel them go in.

Any input is appreciated.


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   Posted 4/9/2007 10:44 AM (GMT -7)   
Hi LDRider51,
Your numbers will drop even lower when you move up to the 10mg pen but I agree with you; my goal is to keep my numbers in the range for a normal person.  You can easily tolerate numbers from the 60's on up but if you drop into the 50's thats too low!!  With that being said, I would add the Glipizide back into the mix.  I don't know how much you were taking, but a good dose to add to those numbers would be 5mg every time you take the shot...then take your blood glucose readings the same way.  If you have 10mg pills, buy a pill splitter.  5 mg of Glipizide should push those post prandial numbers into the 70's and that will help bring down your overnight numbers!!  If 5mg proves too much and you do drop too low(and you can usually feel this before you see it on your meter - drink orange juice)...use the pill splitter and try again.  I use both the metformin and the glipizide and it works wonders to keep my blood sugar below a hundred all the time.  My A1c went from above 7 to 5.4 and thats just fine with me!! 
scool  Warren

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   Posted 4/9/2007 12:27 PM (GMT -7)   

Thanks for the reply. The Glipizide I currently take, or was taking, it the extended release, can't split them but then, they do a slow release as they pass thru your GI tract, so they don't hit you with a big whammy at once.

I'm definitely gonna' consider adding it back to the mix in the next few days if my numbers don't fall to where I want them.

I'm also trying - key word "trying" - to walk some everyday - Doc said she'll beat my butt if I don't start getting some exercise. While my total cholesterol is good (Vytorin and Tricor) my HDL/LDL ratio is awful.

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